Illinois Workplace Wellness
The Illinois Workplace Wellness Study is a large-scale randomized controlled trial of a comprehensive wellness program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The study is designed to:
- Examine the effects of financial incentives on workplace wellness participation
- Investigate who benefits from workplace wellness programs
- Estimate the causal effect of workplace wellness on employee health care costs, health behaviors, well-being, and productivity
- Test for peer effects in wellness program participation
The Illinois Workplace Wellness Study aims to inform the national conversation surrounding workplace wellness, drawing from strong scientific evidence and an innovative study design. The study's findings will empower employers, public health professionals, and policymakers to make more informed decisions regarding the implementation of workplace wellness programs throughout the United States. Below we summarize the first set of results from the multi-year study.
The Illinois Workplace Wellness Study is registered with the American Economic Review registry for randomized controlled trials at: https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/1368
Damon Jones is an associate professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. His research spans the fields of behavioral economics, household finance, and public finance.
David Molitor is an associate professor of finance and economics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Gies College of Business. His research explores how location and the environment shape health and health care delivery in the United States.
Julian Reif is an associate professor of finance and economics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Gies College of Business. His research focuses on the determinants and value of health.
Supported by the National Institute on Aging grant #R01AG050701, the National Science Foundation grant #1730546, and the National Institutes of Health grant #R01AG050701-03S1
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CITATION: JAMA Internal Medicine, May 2020